Tuesday, August 2, 2005
It is the right of locals to disdain tourists. (Some would argue that it is also the right of tourists to disdain all other tourists and call themselves "travelers" instead, but this is a discussion beyond our scope.) "San Francisco Cityscapes" is the second annual painting exhibition to express this disdain creatively, purposefully, and intelligently. The art here wouldn't necessarily offend a family of four from Ohio, but neither would said family buy a postcard of Larry Morace's loose-brushwork treatment of a traffic jam on Market. Mundane moments, favored but obscure corners, and near-abstractions by Morace and several others make the show a delight for locals -- and locals only, as the surfers say. "Cityscapes" opens today and continues through Oct. 1 at the Newmark Gallery, 251 Post (at Stockton), No. 412, S.F. Admission is free; call 392-3692 or visit www.newmarkgallery.com.

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